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Editor's Note: This story was released in December, but has been updated to reflect the change of Manchester United manager, the Neymar foot injury and other major developments since the draw was made in December.

The path to the 2019 Champions League final in Madrid became clear after the draw for the 16th round, which brought together some of Europe's biggest clubs.

The clashes between Liverpool and Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid and Juventus, Ajax and Real Madrid ensure that some of the most successful clubs in the game will be eliminated in the first phase knockout.

The draw was kinder with contenders like Manchester City and Barcelona, ​​but who will come out in the lead when the Champions League resumes?

SCHALKE vs MANCHESTER CITY

It may be lacking in glamor, but the Manchester City match with Schalke is a dream draw for Premier League champions.

Schalke, who qualified for Porto's second place in Group D, is languishing in the lower half of the Bundesliga, having won only six league games throughout the season. The coach Domenico Tedesco has a low team on the quality needed to worry City, so this tie should be a formality for Pep Guardiola's team.

Leroy Sane will return to Germany to face his former club, and in fact it should be a happy return home to the city's wing in what could be a misalignment. As for omens, the City's only European title – the 1970 European Cup Winners' Cup – came after beating Schalke en route to the final.

Who will go through? Manchester City

ATLETIC MADRID vs JUVENTUS

Probably the draw of the round sees two unfortunate Champions League clubs colliding. Atletico and Juventus have both reached and lost two finals over the past decade and both have brought the boat out financially to make sure 2019 is their year.

Atletico, who hosts the final at his Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, led to Diego Costa, although he suffered from bad shape and injury, as did Thomas Lemar and Alvaro Morata. They also maintained the services of Antoine Griezmann and Diego Godin. Juventus has bet heavily on Cristiano Ronaldo and also on Leonardo Bonucci returns to the club after a year in Milan.

This link is very close to the call. Both possess exceptional defenses, excellent pace of work and quality forward, but Atletico's determination to play in his own final could simply swing things in their favor.

Who will go through? Atletico Madrid

MANCHESTER UNITED Vs. PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN

When the draw was made in mid-December, this tie threatened to be the biggest imbalance of the round, with Manchester United in crisis and PSG at the top of Ligue 1, after winning their qualifying group ahead of Liverpool and Naples.

But within 24 hours from the association, Jose Mourinho was fired by United, whose subsequent relaunch under the leadership of the manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave them a real hope of success against the champions of France. Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were two of the great beneficiaries.

PSG, meanwhile, has been plagued with problems. Neymar will miss both legs because of an injury, as well as Edinson Cavani, Adrien Rabiot continues to be neglected due to a contractual dispute and there are fitness problems compared to Marco Verratti. Even the 2-1 defeat of Ligue 1 in Lyon on 3 February annoyed the confidence.

Who will go through? Manchester United

TOTTENHAM vs BORUSSIA DORTMUND

Tottenham entered the knockout stages only after a final draw against Barcelona in the Camp Nou won second place in Group B for Mauricio Pochettino's team and the subsequent tie with Dortmund, who beat twice in the stage group of last season. a path for the quarterfinals.

Despite Lucien Favre's team leading the Bundesliga, the Premier League team seems to have had the advantage, but the injuries of Harry Kane and Dele Alli will reign the English couple on the way and could even see them losing the return match in Germany. Dortmund, meanwhile, boasts a quality of attack that includes Jadon Sancho.

This tie is now hard to call, but even if the Spurs appear slightly favored in the current version, will it be enough?

Who will go through? Tottenham

LYON vs. BARCELONA

Barcelona still consider the Champions League last season as a missed opportunity after being humiliated by Roma in the quarterfinals, crashing after a 3-0 defeat at the Stadio Olimpico. But their mission to make amends by winning this season's competition in Madrid has been strengthened by the association with Lyon, which will see the qualification for this phase as a success in itself.

Lyon have beaten Manchester City at Etihad Stadium and drew with France champions in France during the group stage, but they will be losing losers against Lionel Messi & Co.

The greatest danger in Barcelona will not be the unpredictable talents of the Memphis Depay in Lyon; it will be the threat of complacency. But after the defeat in Rome last season, do not expect them to fall again.

Who will go through? Barcelona

AJAX vs. REAL MADRID

A real clash of European heavyweights, with the reigning Real champions colliding with the re-launch of the Ajax team of Erik ten Hag.

Ajax emerged as a runner-up behind Bayern Munich in Group E and did so with an undefeated record despite his team's inexperience. Matthijs de Ligt (19) and Frenkie de Jong (21) are the young stars who lead Ajax to the fore, with the expert Dusan Tadic who scored eight goals in 12 European games this season.

Real, meanwhile, was poor in defense of his trophy, with managerial upheavals and the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo that hit them hard. They qualified as group winners, despite having lost twice against CSKA Moscow, and should have the pedigree to beat this young Ajax team, but they do not exclude the Dutch team.

Who will go through? real Madrid

LIVERPOOL vs BAYERN MUNICH

A draw worthy of the final, with both clubs in possession of the pedigree to achieve success in Madrid.

Bayern were inconsistent with Niko Kovac, however, with German perennial champions five points behind the leader Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga. They will be without Thomas Muller for the first leg at Anfield after the red card against Ajax, even if Liverpool also miss the suspected Virgil van Dijk in that match.

Liverpool are leading the Premier League and will be favored in their current form, with former Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp appreciating his return to Germany. But it is a hard draw for both teams and the pendulum could swing towards Bayern, which will hardly be hit by Anfield's atmosphere in the first leg.

Who will go through? Bayern Monaco

ROME vs PORTO

Roma are fighting in sixth place in Serie A, but have a great experience in their entire team and the memories of last season's run of the last four should make them slightly favorites in this draw.

The Port is difficult to assess, being qualified as the weakest group winner in front of Schalke, Galatasaray and Lokomotiv Moscow, but is at the top of the national classification and this season is still unbeaten in Europe. In Moussa Marega, they have an advantage in the form of the Champions League, with five goals in six games.

Who will go through? Rome

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